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The Benefits of Eco-Friendly Painting and Home Design

Guest Article Written By Jessica K. 

The benefits of eco-friendly painting and home design are seen in the improvement of people’s health when they spend time in rooms that have been painted with water-based, eco-friendly paint. These paints are created specifically to be better for people’s health and to be free from chemicals. Eco-friendly paints go on smoothly, the color is rich and they have the extra benefit of not continually releasing harmful chemical residue into the indoor home environment.

Chemicals Most Commonly Found In Paint

Chemicals in paint are there to help keep the paint in its liquid state until it is applied to the wall. Gases from traditional paint are released into the air as the paint dries, which can cause a myriad of health problems, especially for those who are sensitive to the chemical ingredients. What many people don’t realize is that these chemical ingredients can still be present for up to five years after paint is applied to a surface.

Traditional paint contains chemical ingredients like methyl chloroform, benzene, naphthalene, toluene, as well as chemical pigments to create color, and toxic fungicides. These chemicals are known as volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s. The waste left behind by these paints is also non-biodegradable.

Possible Health Problems From Traditional Paints

There are specific health problems that can be caused by traditional, chemical-laden paints. These include things like stinging and burning in the eyes or respiratory problems that can include asthma. The fumes and chemicals can irritate asthma in people who already have it. People may also experience migraine headaches, damage to kidneys, dizziness, nerve damage, some types of cancer like skin and lung cancer and irritation to the skin including rashes and burning.

Ingredients Found In Eco-Friendly Paints

The ingredients usually found in paints that are friendlier to the environment include a milk protein called casein and natural clay. Other ingredients can include beeswax, linseed or seed oil and lemon peel extract. The ingredients may vary due to things like the color of the paint chosen. What these ingredients have in common is that they are natural, and typically they are water-based and biodegradable.


The best benefits of natural eco-friendly painting and home design include:

– Less odor

– No lingering chemical residue

– Paints and chemical free furnishings are better for people’s health, especially for people with allergies

– Eco-friendly paint leaves little or no environmental impact

– Natural paints can be cost-effective, saving money in the future due to better health and environmental protection

– You may not need as many coats of paint when using eco-friendly paint

Eco-Friendly Painting And Design Creates A Healthier Home

Using principles of eco-friendly painting and design can help to make any home healthier. Try to choose furnishings that are made from natural materials and furniture with natural finishes. For those who are very sensitive to chemicals, pay close attention to fabrics and try to choose fabrics that are not treated with chemicals like stain resistant sealers and flame retardant chemicals.

The walls of a home are a great place to begin with green, water-based, environmentally friendly paint. The eco-friendly theme can then be carried throughout the home in smart choices of furnishings and accessories.

Plants, especially English ivy and bamboo palms, are a great way to bring a natural feel to any home. They can also help to remove carbon monoxide and chemicals like formaldehyde. Eco-friendly flooring comes in choices like natural cork, reclaimed or harvested wood, or renewable bamboo.

Creating a healthier home environment will make your home a place where everyone will want to gather, and where wonderful memories can be made.

Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. 

Chappaqua Living Room Details

Cami Weinstein Interior Design, LLC:  Chappaqua Living Room Details

Chappaqua Living Room

Transitional living room designed by Cami Weinstein

Recently I completed a living room design for a client located in Chappaqua, New York.  The living room features a transitional style, incorporating beautiful elements of design while remaining family-friendly.

Cami Weinstein Interior Designer

Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

Lifestyle & Design Goal

The client has four adorable young children and a lively dog, and wanted her living room to be functional and welcoming.  Our goal was to create a living room that was inviting and loved versus a room that would just be used to pass through on the way to the home office.

Chappaqua New York Interior Design

Cami Weinstein Designs, LLC

Living Room Furniture

Selecting furniture for your living room design is a balance; ideally the furniture is classic to withstand design trends for the next few years while also being comfortable and inviting.  The client and I decided to opt for custom furniture for her Chappaqua living room design.  The circular custom sofa would comfortably fit the entire family, while maintaining a traditional and modern vibe.

The side table holding fresh flowers is by Pearson, and the coffee table in the center of the room is from Chaddock Home.  We added a custom terrarium for a natural touch, which fit perfectly.

Living Room Details

Opting for a soft color palette provided the room with an easy sophistication.  The departure point was the fabulous Ikat from Duralee which we used for the window treatments.


Window Treatment Fabric from Duralee

A hard-wearing area rug was a must for a living room with four young children and a dog!  We selected a custom-sized area rug from Carpet Trends in Rye, New York, which complimented the rest of the design perfectly.

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Philip Jefferies grass cloth fabric finishes the new built-ins.

Enter Phillip Jefferies grasscloth to add glimmer to the back wall of the new built-in’s to compliment the newly re-gilded antique sconces and voila!  Every design needs a touch of glimmer.


To view more images from my Chappaqua Living Room project, click here.


4 Ways To Work Stone Tables

If you think stone in design stops at your kitchen counter, these designs are going to take your renovation inspiration to a new level of chic.  Here are 5 ways to work stone tables into your new interior design.

Minimalist Kitchen Design

Stone Table Cami Weinstein Greenwich CT

I love the inlaid stone detailing on this table!

Eliminate the bulk of a wooden table and clunky chairs with a minimalist kitchen design.  This concrete countertop is spacious, without being overwhelming.  The raw edge of the table gives texture to an otherwise sleek room design.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living Stone Table Cami Weinstein 1

Elevate your outdoor living with a stone table!  The leafy overhead is a soft and romantic juxtaposition for concrete outdoor tables.

Outdoor Living Stone Table Cami Weinstein 1

Here is another example of a beautiful concrete outdoor table; the patina finish on this stone table adds a weathered tone.  A bouquet of fresh wildflowers and a fresh outdoor picnic would be perfect here!

Modern Living

Lava Stone Table Cami Weinstein CT

If you’re like me, adding a functional art piece to a room is necessary.  This Donovan Lava Stone Table from One King’s Lane is so cool and bound to be a conversation piece!

The Romantic Garden

Romantic Garden Cami Weinstein

I love the idea of a stone table and bench by the garden.  It beckons you to sort out your seeds (or nibble on freshly-picked fruit depending on the season).  A stone table is the perfect finish for your romantic garden.

Mudroom Design

A smart mudroom design incorporates accessible organization while providing a sense of comfort and style!  Incorporating the perfect mudroom design into your home welcomes guests to take off their shoes and coat, or for your kids to keep their backpacks, rainboots and umbrella!

Creating a Layout

Mud Room Cami Weinstein

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Do you need a mudroom design that also doubles as a functioning laundry space?  Is your mudroom entrance where you will place all of your gardening tools, gloves and boots?  Creating a layout for your mudroom design is personal!  Need help?  Greenwich interior designer, Cami Weinstein can assist you in creating the perfect organized space; contact Greenwich designer Cami Weinstein here.

Small Spaces Made Useful

Mud Room Organization Cami Weinstein

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The time you take to create a smart mudroom design pays off when small spaces are made useful!  Revamp that awkward above-the-door alcove into a home for baskets!

Tip:  Storing winterwear in these baskets decreases clutter and gives all of those mittens a home!

Functional Flooring

Mud Room Flooring Cami Weinstein

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Second in importance to a mudroom (following your ideal layout) is functional flooring!  Because your mudroom is a second entryway to your home where guests and family members will stop to shake off umbrellas, winter boots and more, it is vital that the flooring you select be fashionable and easy to clean!

Laundryroom/Mudroom Inspiration

Laundry Mudroom Idea Cami Weinstein

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If possible, incorporating a laundry-area into your mudroom is a great way to minimize the mess!  Easy access to a washer means you can throw those muddy play clothes directly into the machine to prevent staining (or contaminate the other laundry in the hamper)!  I love how these machines are stacked alongside a neat shelf of cleaners, for a perfectly prim space!

A Mudroom Sans Room

Mudroom Alternative Cami Weinstein

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Do you want to create a mudroom but lack the extra room?  Creating a mudroom area in an unused part of your home is a great alternative.  This designer revamped the negative space under the stairs for a mudroom alternative!

Are you looking to incorporate a mudroom into your interior?  Contact Greenwich, Connecticut interior designer Cami Weinstein here.